LOS ANGELES  – A federal appellate panel today affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of copyright infringement claims brought by Universal Music Group against an online video-sharing site.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, for the second time, a 2009 Los Angeles federal judge’s finding that Santa Monica-based Veoh Networks is federally protected from liability claims.

District Judge Raymond C. Fisher, who also penned the panel’s 2011 ruling, wrote that Veoh was protected by “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which shields Internet service providers that unknowingly post copyrighted material and act expeditiously to remove it once alerted.

The San Francisco appellate panel previously found that it is up to copyright holders like UMG to “efficiently identify infringing copies” rather than leaving it to providers like Veoh, which “cannot readily ascertain what material is copyrighted and what is not.”

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